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Snowboarding Is A Modern Sport

Imagine yourself carving an awesome curved swath across a slope of fresh snow as skeins of sparkling powdered ice explode around you, leaving iridescent clouds of sparking ice in your wake that slowly cascade to the ground. Snowboarding is just cool.

For enthusiasts of this winter sport, those last four words explain it all. Since its humble beginnings in the 1960s as a child’s toy, Snowboarding has exploded into the Olympic event and gnarly extreme sport we know today. Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing winter sports ever, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Modern snowboarding can be traced directly to the 1965 invention of Sherman Poppen, a chemical engineer who built a new snow toy for his young daughter by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to the front end to hold on to. His daughter loved it and all her friends wanted one too, so Poppen decided to license the idea to a manufacturer. His wife came up with a name for the new product, and in 1966 “The Snurfer” became a minor sensation, selling over a half million units.

The next major development was in 1972 when Dimitije Milovich, an east coast surfing enthusiast, founded the Winterstick Company and started building snowboards. Milovich had built his first snowboard in 1969 based on a surfboard design, and by 1974 had two “Snow Surfboard” patents and was selling snowboards out of his shop in Salt Lake City.

By end of the 1970s the new and innovative sport of Snowboarding was being led by two legendary men, Jake Burton Carpenter and Tom Sims, who helped bring the sport into the mainstream consciousness. Burton was an East Coaster who refined the idea of the Snurfer and was selling what he called “Burton Boards”, while Sims was a West Coast skateboard icon selling his own version of a wheel-less skateboard-like “skiboard”. Both men were driven to market their concepts and engaged in a sometimes-bitter rivalry that propelled snowboarding into a mass-market phenomenon.

Throughout the 1980s snowboarding grew exponentially, as new snowboard products hit the market and ever-innovative snowboarders invented new ways to ride them. At first the staid world of winter sports skiing didn’t know what to make of all these scruffy young people showing up on the slopes with their boards, and many slopes actually banned snowboarders. But by the end of the 1980s all that had changed as the sport continued to explode in popularity, and began drawing major corporate sponsorship for organized competitions. By 1998 Snowboarding debuted at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and since has shown no signs of slowing down.

Snowboarding Safety To Avoid Injuries

Snowboarding is one of the fastest growing and most popular winter sports. It is a kind of sport which traces its roots from skateboarding attributing to the extreme nature of the sport. Despite the dangers, snowboarding has millions of enthusiasts who flock to winter destinations yearly. In this light, what are the things that can be done to avoid snowboarding injuries?

The main reason for snowboarding injuries is usually the player’s fault. Lack of skill coupled with carelessness is often the formula for disaster. Some snowboarders would hit the slopes without any formal training. That is why it is very important to train with a professional prior to trying out a course. Most ski resorts offer the services of professional instructors to train individuals who are new to the sports. Avoid snowboarding in bad weather conditions or when intoxicated or fatigued. Always go in pairs so that someone can be of immediate assistance if anything goes wrong. Doing warm up exercises and keeping a physically fit body also help in avoiding accidents. However, in worst case scenarios, when you are going down a slope and you can’t slow down to stop, fall down to your knees, clinch your fist, and roll to your forearm and chest.

The most common form of injuries in snowboarding is fracture on the wrist and arms. Others include shoulder and head injuries. Head injuries are usually the worst when they occur. They often occur during collision or when making difficult turns. This is the reason why helmets are one of those important pieces of equipment that a rider needs to invest in. Often, a sturdy helmet could spell the difference between surviving a hard fall or not. Make sure that the helmet is properly fitted and secured. It should not move out of place. Always look for quality certification stickers to make sure that the helmets pass the standards set for the sport. In addition, ensuring that a rider wears complete protective gear lessens the likeliness of injuries. Wearing ultraviolet resistant goggles prevents snow blindness and protects the eyes from the elements. Furthermore, wearing protective water resistant clothing provides warmth and insulates the body from the extreme cold. It is also advisable to wear several layers of clothes to further insulate the body. In addition, on top of the clothes, wear a complete set of elbow and knee pads for added protection in case of a fall or collision.

Being in the mountain setting, far from normal weather conditions are common during ski trips. Frostbites and sunburns are normal due to high altitude settings. Apply sunscreen with high SPF to fight off sunburn and lip balm to protect from frostbites. Nothing ruins a good vacation than a bad case of sunburn hurting your face or a cracked and swollen lip.

Snowboarding is a very exciting sport. It promises every enthusiast a thousand thrills and pumps the blood of every adrenaline junkie. However, just like any other sports, there are dangers involved. What is important is to understand the risks involved and to prepare oneself prior to the activity. Being careful does not remove the fun from the sport. It actually ensures that you get to enjoy the sport for the coming days.

Power Up Your Bowling – Understand Your Brain

Today we are going to talk about your brain. A lot of people simply do not understand their brain fully and manipulate their brain to their advantage. People generally only understood that their brain weighs approximately 31 lbs, it is divided into two halfs, a right and a left, each half of the brain has different functions.

That’s all they know about their brain.

Do you know?
– Your mind reflects the physical brain and operates out of these two hemispheres.
– Your brain has four waves, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta, and everything we do falls into one of these categories. We shifts from one state to another throughout our day.
– Flow Zone of Optimal Performance only exist when two halfs of our brain are balance, no distraction, no analysing and no anxiety.

Your Brain Mechanism

Your brain works on goal setting mechanism and you can think of it as a connection machine, it hardwires everything. The solid the concept is hardwired in your brain, the better you master the concept. Same thing as bowling, the better your brain hardwired your bowling skill with your mental strength, the easier you enter Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The brain sets goals, this is your right brain creativity function, it then breaks down the steps to achieve the goal, this is your left brain analytical and logical functions. Bowlers universally have the same goals, it is to bowl perfect game and to win as many tournaments as possible. The brain capture the goal then goes about working out how to achieve them.

The best bowler in the world might not necessarily the most physical talented, they do know how to manipulate their brain better though.

Left and Right Brain Dorminant Bowler

Let’s discuss how both right brain dominant or left brain dominant bowlers hinders their performance.

Many bowlers I have seen have right brain dominant, their motor skills for performance are there, they find it easy to get into their game, they don’t think too much. Their battle starts when they start to lose their sense of where they are in their innings and forget what they are working towards. The bowler bowls a ball that lets the pressure off and have not work out how to structure an over or a spell.They are habitual under achievers, they get good starts and yet cannot manage their innings or their spells..

Conversely, the left brain dominant bowlers tend to think too much of their game, and eventually paralyse themselves through over analysing what they need to achieve. Their performance gets hinder through analytical self-talk, anxiety and disrupted focus. These bowlers tend to battle to quiet their minds to bring their minds to focus. They just find it difficult to forget about their past and switch their focus.

Brain Synchrony

The world class bowlers have learnt how to balance the right and left brain and manipulate it to their advantage. They learnt how to select their goals, break them into small sequential chunks and then keep the mind quiet so they can bowl in the Flow Zone of Optimal Performance.

The Challenge is managing their mental state so they can manage their game.

The key take out for bowler is you have to learn how to manipulate your brain naturally and effortlessly maintain an optimal state of mind-body balance.

When your right and left brains are working together in synchrony, you are able to think clearly and calmly, make good decisions and set and complete your goals.

7 Tips for Learning to Snowboard

Snowboarding appeals to a different kind of person than skiing. But learning to snowboard is not any harder than learning to ski (or vice versa) it’s just different! The learning process for snowboarding is different – in the beginning it is a steeper learning curve, but later progression is often quicker.

Here is a selection of tips designed for newbies to the ski slopes, designed for those who don’t already know how to ski.

  1. Get some lessons – it is usually better to get lessons from a professional instructor. Learning from friends is not always easy when they can’t remember quite what it was like in the beginning. Lessons can be quite expensive, but if you are on holiday with friends who already ski or board, you can’t spend all day hanging out with them as you will hold them up as there will be a difference in abilities.
  2. Snowboarding kit – having the right clothing is important. Waterproof trousers and a jacket are important, as you’ll spend a disproportionate amount of time in the first few days sitting on the ground – either listening/watching during lessons or because you have fallen over. Because of this close contact with the snow, you’ll also want thermals to keep your nether regions warm and cosy. Take a selection of layers on holiday with you so you can match them to the conditions – ask friends what they expect to need on a particular day. Snowboarders are more likely to end up with their hands in the snow, so gloves with long cuffs and a drawstring are helpful for not getting snow up the arms of your coat. A hat and goggles completes your ensemble.
  3. Safety equipment – unlike skiers, who often don’t use much safety equipment, when snowboarding, it is a good idea to have some. A helmet and wrist guards are the usual essentials – the helmet for when you fall over backwards and the wrist guards for forward facing falls. You can get gloves with wrist guards built in to them.
  4. Fitness levels – a good basic fitness level is helpful when you are learning – there can be a lot of walking uphill with your snowboard under your arm, particularly on nursery slopes. Good fitness will ease the early stages of learning to snowboard.
  5. At the hire shop – the shop staff will fit you with boots and a snowboard that is suitable for your skill level. If you are a complete beginner do let them know, and they will set you up appropriately. In particular they will work out if you are left or right footed (known as ‘goofy’ or ‘regular’ – terms that are the same in surfing and skateboarding) and set the snowboard up the right way for you.
  6. Take a snack – eating it will give you some energy when you are tired and give you something to do during the sitting down bits
  7. Be determined – the first few days of learning to snowboard are acknowledged to be hard – there’s a lot of wipeouts and frustration. Learning to use a button lift (which is simple for skiers) is a nightmare for boarders. Perseverance here will win the day – there is often a “eureka” moment and once that happens you are on the road to progression from beginner to intermediate.